Title: Elizabeth Costello
Author: Coetzee, J. M.
Publisher: Penguin Books, New York
Publication Date: 2003
Edition: First Edition
Book Condition: VG
Comments: Small bump at bottom of front cover.
Synopsis: In this work, the protagonist is Elizabeth Costello, a celebrated aging Australian writer, travels around the world and gives lectures on topics including the lives of animals and literary censorship. Costello, becoming weary from old age, confronts her fame, which seems further and further removed from who she has become, and struggles with issues of belief, vegetarianism, sexuality, language and evil. Many of the lectures Costello gives are edited fragments that Coetzee had previously published. The lessons she delivers only tenuously speak to the work for which she is being honored. Of note, Elizabeth Costello is the main character in Coetzee’s academic novel, The Lives of Animals (1999). A character named Elizabeth Costello also appears in Coetzee’s 2005 novel Slow Man.